Monday, January 31, 2005

unfeeling bastards

it's going to be interesting to see the way in which the war on terror pans out in relation to this habib guy.

hopefully we'l have at least some information released about how and why he was actually arrested, so that we can know whether he was a legitimate suspect, or whether someone just fingered him for fingerings sake.

then, and only then can we really get the left-right argument over human rights up and running.

sure, if he was actually involved in terrorist activities, then he deserved to be arrested. then the argument has to move to whether his treatment at the hands of the US military, and australia's reticience to intervene, was justified.

if he was illegitmately arrested, then the subject is completely different.

Friday, January 28, 2005

it'll never happen

howard's 'practical reconciliation' doesn't seem to extent to actually spending money on aboriginal people.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

chaser new network

there's a tv show over here called CNNNNN. it is a hoot.

the time they went to LA and showed people a map of the world with "iraq" written over oz and asked in a vox pop whether the US should bomb it (to universal approval) was pretty funny, as was vox pop on the list of top ten terror countries who should be nailed by the US (australia, italy, england etc etc).

but, another more subtle dig was them showing people a NZ flag and asking whether australia should change its national symbol, only to have many people defending it. my kiwi housemate didn't notice the trick either, even though he was giggling about "those dumb aussies".

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

nothing new here.

well, having checked out the orewa speech at the nz herald, it's nothing new. mostly the same old stuff about dole bludgers, solo mums, etc.

good on ya donnie boy, sticking to tired old routines really is like constituency politics. it's just a pity that the two-party system has gone the way of old dinosaurs like yourself, and you won't polarise the electorate enough to get into office.

time for a cuppa.

88,700 words and counting (i still have to slightly revise the conclusion).

this baby will be put to bed by the end of february.

i'm going to play some xbox to celebrate (but only for half-hour)....

what a pack of wankers

and this is why i hate the liberals. they abandon this bloke to their allies, he gets tortured and locked up for three years, then they state publically that he's 'probably still a crim'.

and now habib can't keep any money he might make from exposing what it's like inside guantanamo bay. sure, maybe he's been associating with lunatics and fanatics, but maybe, just maybe there's such a thing as guilt by association.
they have nothing to pin on the guy, so they're going to isolate him enough to push him towards the extremists.

ruddock, you are a fucking wanker. i sincerely hope you believe in god, because he will send you to hell.

Friday, January 21, 2005

fuck... who says cyberspace doesn't connect you to people.

greyshade, never knew you, only read you. but i never thought the loss of a name on a screen would effect me.

go easy man.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

reporting debacle

it's always interesting the way that parts of a speech can be reported and then blown out of context. after saying that, let me remind myself to go back and re-read orewa before i slag brash again.

anyhow, here the nz herald has tamihere rounding on 'separatists', but here is the text of the speech. sure, he does get stuck into the maori party, but you can put that down to party politics (and the fact that he hates 'tribal elites' like the mahuta).

not tooooo sure about his particular brand of nation-building, but we'll have to see.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

??!!!

these people cannot be serious.

now, i know that i've been mentioning the possibility of the US nailing Iran on account of it's nuke programme, but this statement by Bush must be a joke.

"I hope we can solve it diplomatically, but I will never take any option off the table," the US President said yesterday when asked about the potential for military attacks against Iran.

i believe the term is 'fucking idiot'.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

get some perspective, ferals

apparently a new ad on tv has sparked 'multiple' complaints.

in a nutshell, its a bloke talking about people eating lamb on australia day, and why they should.

saw it myself on tv and it's both innocuous and funny as all hell. if you take this type of ad seriously, then you deserve to have the piss taken out of you.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

the answer to all my prayers

ever been a little foolish when tipsy?

now virgin mobile has a service where you can block those numbers you shouldn't be calling when you got a skinfull.

just goes to show, genius is the simple things we all could have thought of, but didn't.

pesky damn nazis

so, does anything else on the telly scream 'slow news week'?

sure, probably not the most pc of costumes. but we kicked those damn nazi's asses, remember? if he was wearing a bunch of jewish gold and goose-stepping with a bunch of bald-headed blokes maybe we'd have a problem.

my question is how come no-one freaks out when royals dress as cowboys or the fifth cavalry? or if they dress as british regulars in ireland, or the black and tan?

yup, the national socialists took that whole genocide thing to a new and disturbing level, but they barely killed more than the soviets, and probably had as many pogroms as the english.

jews? short end of the stick time and time again. but the holocaust was maybe four generations ago to a young bloke like harry? ok, never forget and all that, but now the community is making a royal the scapegoat for their need to make the rest of the world guilty.


Saturday, January 15, 2005

congratulations

i read that noel pearson is australian of the year?

pleasant surprise, that.

hmmmm.

i'm thinking that next week i'll have to drop the lifestyle blogs and get back into the 'talking about politics' thing. there's some interesting debates heading up this year, what with howard deciding to move in aboriginal affairs.

we'll have to see what kind of agenda they set, especially with the demise of ATSIC, and the use of the rubber-stampers in the aboriginal council.

also, there's the issue of referenda in nzl, i'll be consulting some academics about this stuff. and maybe do some actual research (gasp!) into the validity of the format, and not just opine. i'm suspicious that there will be little to have to understand. as far as i'm aware, referenda are too prone to 'lowest-common denominator' populism.

i.e. yay for boobies.

oh, really?

sure, maybe it was an off the cuff statement the other day, but the good news, if there is any, is that the yarra is the cess-pool i suspected it was.

the age has broken the news in giant headlines this morning.

Friday, January 07, 2005

surprise surprise

its been many times that i've said there is no way in hell i'd ever swim or go near the yarra, festering pond of dog-shyte and cigarette butts it is.

and now it seems that someone might have contracted sickness off it!! what a shock!

being a river city is all good, but that yarra is a churning mass of poo.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005


yup. this about says it all.

Monday, January 03, 2005

house sitting

for maybe a year or more now i've been thinking seriously about getting my own place. no annoying housemates, no other peoples shit to put up with, can walk around the house in my undies guilt-free etc.

so, i've been house-sitting out in zone 2 (not quite as bad as zone three. just), and it's not too bad. plenty of time to myself, can laze around doing nothing but playstation and there's nothing to stop me from studying whenever i like, or more importantly, getting a decent nights sleep.

might just have to get a job that pays enough to allow me to get away from where i am.